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How can i adopt a child?

By Faeza
11 December 2015

How can i adopt a child?

What is the legal position in relation to adoption?

Anonymous, Emalahleni

Answer

A person who wants to adopt a child must apply to the Children’s Court to adopt the child. The biological parents must consent to the adoption. If the child has no parents, the court will give the order. A child will only be adopted if it’s in the best interest of the child. Once the child is adopted, the adopted parents will acquire full parental rights and responsibilities. A child can be adopted by married spouses, partners in a cohabitation relationship, a single person, a spouse of the biological parent and any adult who is fit to adopt the child. Sexual orientation can’t be used to refuse adoption.